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Capital Weather Gang: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

Report: Boats Tip in High Winds on Potomac

From NBC4: About a dozen people had to be plucked from the frigid water near Hanes Point as high winds toppled a boat full of rowers from Georgetown University about 11:30 a.m. Eight more rowers were rescued earlier in the day when a boat capsized near Thompson's Boat Center. All...

By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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School Colors: Turning Green

DC's Sidwell Friends School was featured this week on The Weather Channel's Forecast Earth program for being the first LEED Platinum certified K-12 school building in the world. Although there are now three more such schools, Sidwell's Middle School is still the only Platinum level building in the District of...

By Steve Scolnik  | March 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: March Winds to Roar

The first day of March will live up to its windy reputation. Blustery winds from the northwest will gust as high as 30mph. But these winds will diminish somewhat by tomorrow which will feature sunshine and temperatures climbing above 50. TODAY Windy and cool. Mid to upper 40s. Early...

By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Most Rain to Wait Until After Rush

Windy start to March tomorrow A slow warming trend began today and high temperatures have reached the upper 30s and low 40s across most of the area. Winds have once again kicked up -- this time out of the south in advance of a cold front -- adding a little...

By Ian Livingston  | February 29, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Watch Out: Weather Warnings Could Change

Confused by the sometimes dizzying array of watches, warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service in advance of and during winter storms? You're not the only one. The National Weather Service itself is proposing to "simplify and clarify the communication and dissemination of expected winter weather hazards." In...

By Dan Stillman  | February 29, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Forecast: Windy Transition to March

Windy conditions will make today and tomorrow -- the first day of March -- feel pretty chilly. But the weekend should end on a calmer, milder note. Aside from a little light rain tonight, we can expect dry conditions until next Tuesday when a pretty intense storm may impact the...

By Camden Walker  | February 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Model Muttering

Note: This post is rated "G", suitable for all audiences; does not contain the weather "s" word. Weather model skill as a function of year, from The Emergence of Numerical Weather Prediction, Peter Lynch, Cambridge University Press, 2006. Chart © ECMWF. Click image to enlarge. In the nearly 60 years...

By Steve Scolnik  | February 28, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Chilly Conditions Continue

Slow warming trend begins Friday As we near the close of February, temperatures today have risen into the mid 30s across the area -- more typical of a cold day in late January. Gusty winds that have plagued the region since Tuesday night are now beginning to subside, leaving the...

By Ian Livingston  | February 28, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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At a Glance: The Scoop on Forecast Icons

At a Glance forecast from last week. Since our move over to washingtonpost.com just over a month ago, we've had a good time getting used to our new digs and meeting the neighbors. Along with this new location also came a new set of readers and some more opportunities ....

By Jamie Jones  | February 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Forecast: Another Bundle-Up Day, Then Warmer

Wind chills in the 20s today; highs near 50 by Sunday. Bundle up for another chilly day today as winds from the northwest at 15-25 mph, despite abundant sunshine, will keep high temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. However, a milder flow of air will bring high temperatures back...

By Josh Larson  | February 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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News & Notes: Md. Snow, Va. Ice, D.C. Q&A

Today's News & Notes takes us on a brief tour of Maryland, Virginia and D.C.: Maryland: MarylandWeather.com reminds us here in the D.C.-Baltimore area that snow is so close, yet so far: Parts of Western Maryland "have seen 25 accumulating snowstorms this winter. Keyser's Ridge, in Garrett County has had...

By Dan Stillman  | February 27, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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CommuteCast: Chilly and Windy

Mostly sunny and colder on Thursday Temperatures have been mainly steady throughout the day, in the upper 30s to near 40, capped by partly to mostly cloudy skies and winds that have gusted as high as 35 mph, adding an extra chill to the air. A few widely scattered flurries...

By Ian Livingston  | February 27, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Are We in a Snow "Drought?"

As we sit at only 4.9 inches of snow for the season, many snow lovers are likely wondering the same thing: When are we going to get another good winter? While the past several winters haven't been awful for snow lovers, they haven't been a bumper crop either. This...

By Matt Ross  | February 27, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Forecast: On a Chilly Day, Spring Seems Far Away

Gusty winds today; highs in the 30s tomorrow Daylight saving time arrives in 11 days (Mar. 9). The first day of spring is just a hop, skip and a jump after that (Mar. 20). And not far behind is the Nats home opener (Mar. 30). Yet, all three surefire signs...

By Dan Stillman  | February 27, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Some Drops in the Bucket

Moderate drought continues, especially south of the Potomac Month-to-date % of normal precipitation, from National Weather Service. Click image to enlarge. Rainfall amounts from today's showers have been generally light across the area, with totals around 0.1" through late afternoon. Thanks to the record-breaking rain at the beginning and reinforcing...

By Steve Scolnik  | February 26, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Droughts, Local Climate  
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CommuteCast: Rain Showers Moving Through

Wednesday to bring below-average chill Rain showers that have dotted the region throughout the day will continue and be more widespread through the remainder of the afternoon. Total rainfall has generally been light so far, with most stations reporting between .05" and .10" through 3 p.m. The drive home will...

By Ian Livingston  | February 26, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Avoiding the Hype Trap

In an interview in Parade magazine, National Weather Service (NWS) Director Dr. Jack Hayes was asked "Is there too much hype in weather forecasting?" His response: I think meteorologists are sensitive to overhyping the weather and creating a lack of trust with the public. Whenever you're in doubt, check with...

By Jason Samenow  | February 26, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Government, Recaps, Winter Storms  
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Forecast: Mild and Wet Then Cold and Dry

The winter's prevailing pattern will rear its ugly head again. Ugly, that is, if you like snow. Like the storms before it, yet another will cut to our west steering mild air and rain into the region today. The cold air, so critical for snow here, won't arrive until tonight,...

By Matt Ross  | February 26, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Bucket O' Bookmarks: Site for Kids, Teachers

Image from The Weather Channel The latest (January) issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has a pointer to a new Weather Channel web site for kids. The WeatherED section contains a weather encyclopedia grouped into topics such as Hurricanes and Tropical Systems, Heat Waves, and Winter Storms....

By Steve Scolnik  | February 25, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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CommuteCast: Partly Cloudy and Mild

Showers followed by cooler air Tuesday Afternoon sunshine has allowed temperatures to reach the upper 40s to around 50 degrees across the area today. The evening commute will be partly cloudy and dry. Tonight: After a partly clear start, clouds will begin to increase by late evening as a storm...

By Ian Livingston  | February 25, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Help us Create a New Weather Index

At the Capital Weather Gang (CWG), we strive to make weather information fun, interesting, and above all, relatable to daily living. To that end, we're exploring the idea of creating a new index, or scale, that would fuse numerous bits and pieces of weather forecast information together with other...

By Andrew Freedman  | February 25, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Brief Warmth Before Chill Returns

Day five of our slow warming trend should finally send us above fifty degrees today. We may be able to extend the streak one more day tomorrow before a modest cold snap sets in Wednesday into the weekend. TODAY Increasing daytime sunshine. 51-55. Clouds early this morning will gradually...

By Jason Samenow  | February 25, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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News & Notes: Freedman Moves to Monday

Columnist Andrew Freedman, whose column was regularly featured here on Sundays, will switch to Mondays starting tomorrow. A variety of material will fill his Sunday slot including original weather photography, short (and fun) news items (such as below), questions from you (email them to us) with our responses, and more....

By Jason Samenow  | February 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Forecast: Temperatures and Sunshine Increase

We welcome a good deal of sunshine over the next two days after two days of overcast. High temperatures, which have been slowly rising since Friday, will continue their ascent through Tuesday. TODAY Sunny a.m., partly cloudy p.m. 43-46. A cold, clear dawn (in the 20s) will transition to...

By Jason Samenow  | February 24, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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